Etisalat recently rolled out its latest feature, known as Multi-Access Edge computing, or MEC. MEC architecture will enable Etisalat to implement state of the art 5G-styled services. This will start with its Content Delivery Network (CDN).
The MEC solution is a network architecture that provides high-bandwidth, real-time, low-latency access to radio network information and gives operators the ability to open their networks to a new ecosystem and value chain.
The deployment of MEC architecture is imperative for 4G/5G service providers, as significantly reduced latency is critical for implementing the new era of revenue-generating services that include, but are not limited, to autonomous driving, virtual reality gaming, augmented reality and IoT.
MEC architecture is ideal for hosting high-bandwidth, low-latency applications in the next-generation of digital mobile networks. By moving the most demanding applications, such as video, further towards the network edge, operators ensure the best performance and experience for consumer and enterprise customers.
MEC architecture is perfect for next generation digital mobile networks as it is ideal for hosting high-bandwidth and low-latency applications. Operators can ensure top performance and experience for consumers and enterprise customers, by placing the most demanding applications like video, closer to the network edge.
Etisalat have carried out various tests and have monitored the performance of the MEC-based CDN solution across several areas, in order to demonstrate the benefits of this architecture. The areas looked at were, time to first byte, total load time, and latency. The tests showed improvements up to 90% across the mentioned areas in comparison to hosting the video content on internet or on the content network.
Etisalat claims to have eliminated the obstacles for the adoption of the MEC, and has given initial exposure to the architecture and demonstrated that the virtualized solution can provide carrier-grade performance at the edge of the network. Furthermore, the MEC has enabled the adoption of high-bandwidth low-latency applications for both 4G and 5G networks.